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'The Expendables:' Over-The-Hill Bad Boys?

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'The Expendables:' Over-The-Hill Bad Boys?

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'The Expendables:' Over-The-Hill Bad Boys?

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It's just not summer without a bunch of big action movies — and having a big Sylvester Stallone action flick is a bonus. That's what arrives in theaters this weekend. The Expendables star a mini-pantheon of aging action heroes led by Stallone.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And now for a big action movie that boasts the name of one old guy everyone has heard of. Sylvester Stallone's latest film, "The Expendables," arrives at a theater near you this weekend. Critic Kenneth Turan has our review.

KENNETH TURAN: Unidentified Man (Actor): (as character) Bring the money here now!

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE EXPENDABLES")

SYLVESTER STALLONE: (as Barney Ross): You want the money?

TURAN: Unidentified Actor: (as character): Drop your guns!

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE EXPENDABLES")

STALLONE: I want you to take the two on the right and leave the rest alone.

JASON STATHAM: (as Lee Christmas) You should take the two on the right. I'm not that fast anymore.

STALLONE: Bullets go faster than blades. The only thing faster is light.

STATHAM: (as Lee Christmas) We'll see.

TURAN: This film has so many action stars, they're listed by last name on the theatrical posters, like a high-powered team of urologists. These include Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham and Jet Li, who tells Stallone what he really needs is a raise in pay.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE EXPENDABLES")

JET LI: (as Ying Yang) I need more money.

STALLONE: (as Barney Ross) Why is that?

LI: (as Ying Yang) I work harder than the rest.

STALLONE: (as Barney Ross) No, you don't.

LI: (as Ying Yang) Yes, I do. Everything's harder for me because I'm smaller and more trouble(ph). I need to go farther.

STALLONE: (as Barney Ross) I know, because you're smaller, right?

LI: (as Ying Yang) Yes.

TURAN: Friends may not let friends die alone, but bogus philosophizing is business as usual for these over-the-hill bad boys.

MONTAGNE: The movie is "The Expendables." Kenneth Turan reviews movies for MORNING EDITION and the Los Angeles Times.

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